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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates Let Girls Learn with events throughout March

As we celebrate the first anniversary of Let Girls Learn - and March as Women’s History Month - the First Lady will participate in a series of events in support of adolescent girls’ education around the world. Globally, more than 62 million girls are not in school - more than half of whom are adolescent - because of complex physical, cultural, and financial barriers in accessing education. When a girl receives a quality education, she is more likely to earn a decent living, raise a healthy, educated family, and improve the quality of life for herself, her family, and her community.

In case you missed it: Today, the Peace Corps announced 23 New Let Girls Learn countries. Read more HERE. For more on Let Girls Learn and the whole-of-government effort on adolescent girls’ education, please visit

Tuesday, March 8th 

Washington, DC * 11:30AM ET — In celebration of International Women’s Day, the First Lady will travel to Union Market where she will deliver remarks and announce private sector commitments in support of Let Girls Learn.

Thursday, March 10th

Washington, DC — As part of the Official Visit, the First Lady and Mrs. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau of Canada will participate in a spousal program to highlight Let Girls Learn efforts and‎ raise awareness for global girls’ education.

Wednesday, March 16th 

Austin, TX — The First Lady will travel to Austin to address attendees at the SXSW Music Conference and continue to discuss Let Girls Learn, and the ways students across the country can take action on critical issues like adolescent girls education.

Week of March 21st

Cuba & Argentina—During the President and First Lady’s trip to Cuba and Argentina, Mrs. Obama will highlight Let Girls Learn and continue meeting with young people to discuss ways that youth around the world can become global citizens through their education and community leadership.

Tuesday, March 29th

Washington, DC —The First Lady will attend the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award at the U.S. Department of State.

The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.